Today’s passage: Matthew 24:1-14
- Matthew 24 and 25 are commonly referred to as the Olivet Discourse.
- The disciples were admiring the awe-inspiring Temple. Jesus promise of its destruction came to be less than forty years later in 70 A.D. when Rome destroyed it.
- The disciples still were uncertain about the timing of Jesus’ rule and reign as King. They were about to learn of an end times that they previously thought they were already taking part in.
- Notice two times in this passage, we are told that these events are not the signs of the end.
- Verse 6, “But the end is not yet.”
- Verse 14, “Then the end will come.”
- So, all of these things written in verses 4-14 should be expected throughout the church age and into the tribulation, until Christ comes again.
Questions to consider:
- What is the hope of Christians for enduring these difficulties that can arise?
- What is the message that goes around the world that keeps people from going astray, stumbling, believing false teachers and betraying one another? What message must we continue to hold dear and proclaim?
- How does the Gospel message accomplish this? How does it give us hope and help?